I’ve asked this question before, but there’s a whole bunch of other people around these traps these days, so I thought I’d ask again: how do you rate the other cryptic compilers in the SMH or The Age?
Maybe once every couple of months I’ll do an NS and a DP, mostly because I find NP a nice, quick romp and DP an amusing bit of fun (although I think DP’s crosswords have dropped in quality recently).
I know a DS is a better-quality crossword than an NS or DP, but I find the DS requires too much thinking without enough joy and I rarely get around to looking at it. DP has the jokes, NS the ease; DS has neither.
RM and EP on the Monday I almost never do — the clues always seem very messy.
DH I find an abomination — obscure words and simple wordplay that only serves to annoy.